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Located between downtown and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Botafogo is one of the least explored neighborhoods in Rio, which makes it an interesting place for the adventurous traveler. Here you can find hidden restaurants, bookshops, and bars where locals hang out. With its tree-lined cobble-stoned streets and colonial mansions, this area is also a good example of authentic Rio.

In addition to its lively nightlife, the neighborhood also has many museums, movie theaters, and shopping centers, making it a perfect place to explore on a rainy day.

Highlights
Museu do Indio
See a large collection of native Brazilian art and relics of their culture. Also featured is a large Indian home built in the authentic style of the Natives. There is also a handicraft store in the museum.
Tues -Fri. 10 - 5:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1- 5pm.
Rua das Palmeiras 55

Pasmado Overlook
Here you can see spectacular views of Guanabara Bay, which are featured on classic Rio postcards. It can be reached via Bartolomeu Portela Street.

Villa-Lobos Museum
Situated in a mansion with gardens designed by Burle Marx, this museum is dedicated to the celebrated composer, Heirto Villa-Lobos, the founder of the Brazilian Academy of Music and a major influence on Brazilian culture.
Rua Sorocabazoo.

Rui Barbosa Museum
Housed in a neoclassical style, this museum features relics of the famous artist Rui Barbosa as well as period furniture and other personal affects.
Rua Sao Clemente 134.

Cobal Botafogo
This is a large farmers market that features fresh produce and nearby bars, cafes, and restaurants.
Rua Voluntarios da Patria 448

Hotels
O Veleiro
This lovely hotel is in a rustic house nestled between the Atlantic forest. Few tourists know about it because the owner doesn't like to advertise, but more information can be found on their website: www.oveleiro.com.

Dining
Adega do Valentim
A great place for old-fashioned Portuguese food. Rua da Passagem 178.

Careme Bistro
This French bistro feels intimate and upscale but not pretentious. The wine selection is excellent. Rua Visconde de Caravelas 113.

Livraria Prefacio
This hidden away art bookstore also has a quaint café that serves bruschetta, sandwiches, and desserts. The place is a favorite hang out for people seeing shows at the cinema next door.

Shopping
Parque Natural Municipal de Marapendi
Botafogo Praia Shopping This shopping center is one of the largest in Rio, with over 400 shops of all kinds, including top designers. There is also a cinema and several restaurants.

Rio Off-Price Shopping
This factory outlet store features designer labels at 20% off the normal price. There are also 2 cinemas and fast food restaurants.


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